[Book Review] — 너에게 하고 싶은 말
I bought this book on a whim a while back because both the inside and outside are very pretty, with lots of nice illustrations. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a nice cover! 김수민’s 너에게 하고 싶은 말, which is a compilation of little episodes from a Facebook page of the same name, is a sort of life-advice book, discussing how to maintain good relationships with others, distance yourself from unhealthy relationships, solve problems within relationships, and so on. Each individual episode is very short, and they’re spaced out in a sort of poetic way, making this a book that one could easily blow through in a few sittings.
As for this book’s value to Korean learners… most of the books that I read I would recommend only for advanced learners, but the simple style of the writing and the overall uncomplicated vocabulary and grammar used here would make this a perfect jumping point for someone at the intermediate level looking to getting into reading authentic Korean texts! You could read a few short episodes at a time, make sure you understand everything going on in those, and then move on fairly easily.
Concerning how I personally feel about the book… it’s hard to say. This sort of life-advice stuff is hit or miss, so some sections I find myself identifying with a lot, and some of the advice I don’t quite agree with, but overall I like the calm style of the writing and being able to sit down and read without having to keep track of a plot and a ton of characters (my brain capacity is running a bit low these days!).
Overall, I think this book is a good choice if you 1. want a fairly quick and painless read 2. are an intermediate learner looking for something not-too-heavy to start your foray into Korean literature and/or 3. you like pretty pictures :)
Happy reading, everyone~!